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13th Oct '17 9:23:30 AM DVB
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* Shawn from ''Series/{{Psych}}'' is a gifted observer, and he earned a ''perfect score'' on the detective's exam at age ''15'' for fun. He beat his dad at chess when he was eight, solved Sudoku upside down, and possesses an eidetic memory. Also shown to be a crack shot, as he hit all of detective Barry's bullet holes in the shooting range with zero training. He can't join the police force due to a car theft as a teen (though that is a more complicated issue, read below) Instead, he took up a random string of jobs purely for their entertainment value. He opened his own "psychic" detective agency and is on contract with the Santa Barbara police department after solving a series of crimes from television reports. He's a PhonyPsychic because after solving all those crimes with his own criminal background he needed an explanation to avoid being convicted as an accomplice. PhonyPsychic also happens to pay well, and allow him to be a lazy detective (psychic detectives are not required to take examinations or get licensed.) He is still something of a slacker, but when motivated, will work hard.
** At least some of Shawn's laziness is explained as being a reaction against his father's absurdly overbearing attempts to groom him to FollowInMyFootsteps and become a police officer upon recognising his abilities; it's often implied that had his father just backed off a bit and let Shawn develop at his own pace more, Shawn would have likely been more willing to do so, or at least make more of his abilities than he did before the series.
** In his youth, Shawn was intending on following his dad's footsteps despite it all. But complications led to Henry and Madeline Spencer splitting (namely an opportunity for Maddie) and Henry took the fall so Shawn would not resent his mother. This led to quite the BrokenPedestal for Shawn regarding his dad and he committed the felony to spite his dad and not become a cop as a result. The relationship between the two recovers, especially once Shawn learns the truth from his mother.

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* Shawn from ''Series/{{Psych}}'' is a gifted observer, and he earned a ''perfect score'' on the detective's exam at age ''15'' for fun. He beat his dad at chess when he was eight, solved Sudoku upside down, and possesses an eidetic memory. Also shown to be a crack shot, as he hit all of detective Barry's bullet holes in the shooting range with zero training. He can't join the police force due to a car theft as a teen (though that is a more complicated issue, read below) Instead, he took up a random string of jobs purely for their entertainment value. He opened his own "psychic" detective agency and is on contract with the Santa Barbara police department after solving a series of crimes from television reports. He's a PhonyPsychic because after solving all those crimes with his own criminal background he needed an explanation to avoid being convicted as an accomplice. PhonyPsychic also happens to pay well, and allow him to be a lazy detective (psychic detectives are not required to take examinations or get licensed.) He is still something of a slacker, but when motivated, will work hard.
hard. However, in Season 6, he did make more mistakes, which his dad pointed out to due becoming sloppy and not being challenged.
** At least some of Shawn's laziness is explained as being a reaction against his father's absurdly overbearing attempts to groom him to FollowInMyFootsteps and become a police officer upon recognising his abilities; it's abilities. It's often implied that had his father just backed off a bit and let Shawn develop at his own pace more, Shawn would have likely been more willing to do so, or at least make more of his abilities than he did before the series.
series. Though Henry Spencer is a ControlFreak and perfectionist in every aspect of his life (he once spent a few hours fishing with Lassiter... criticizing his technique the whole time. Lassiter was annoyed by it all that when he talked to Shawn about it, he admitted he began to understand a bit on why Shan acts out.
** In his youth, Shawn was intending still planning on following becoming a cop despite his dad's footsteps despite pushiness because he genuinely saw it all. as a good thing. But complications led to Henry and Madeline Spencer splitting (namely an educational opportunity for Maddie) and Henry took the fall so Shawn would not resent his mother. This led to quite the BrokenPedestal for Shawn regarding his dad and he committed the felony to spite his dad and not be able to become a cop as a result. The Season 3 premiere has Shawn be told the truth about what happened by his mom and Shawn rebuilds his relationship between the two recovers, especially once Shawn learns the truth from more with his mother.dad.
12th Oct '17 4:59:17 AM Unityd3v
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** Naruto's son Manga/{{Boruto}} falls into this. Supremely talented, and possibly more skilled than his [[TheDeterminator father]] was at that age, but tends to be a lazy slacker who prefers playing pranks and goofing around instead.

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** Naruto's son Manga/{{Boruto}} falls into this. Supremely talented, and possibly He's a supremely talented ChildProdigy, more skilled than his [[TheDeterminator father]] was at that age, but tends to be a lazy slacker who prefers playing pranks and goofing around instead.
12th Oct '17 4:57:15 AM Unityd3v
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** Naruto's son Manga/Boruto falls into this, supremely talented, and possibly more skilled than his [[TheDeterminator father]] was at that age, but tends to be a lazy slacker who prefers playing pranks and goofing around instead.

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** Naruto's son Manga/Boruto Manga/{{Boruto}} falls into this, supremely this. Supremely talented, and possibly more skilled than his [[TheDeterminator father]] was at that age, but tends to be a lazy slacker who prefers playing pranks and goofing around instead.
12th Oct '17 4:55:57 AM Unityd3v
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** Naruto's son Manga/Boruto falls into this, supremely talented, and possibly more skilled than his [[TheDeterminator father]] was at that age, but tends to be a lazy slacker who prefers playing pranks and goofing around instead.
11th Oct '17 8:37:34 AM jccw227
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* J. Wellington Wimpy from ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' is incredibly intelligent and well-spoken. It was once mentioned that he went to college (bare in mind this was during a time when a college education wasn't required or common place), but he never works, and would prefer to get through life by mooching off of others.
1st Oct '17 6:14:40 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Fanfic/FateLongNight'', Robert Baratheon is a lot smarter than he looks, but if a matter doesn't involve fighting, feasting, or fucking, he doesn't care about it.
21st Sep '17 2:32:08 PM iowaforever
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** Aang's successor [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Korra]] has a similar problem to him as well; she's incredibly HotBlooded and excels in the more fast-paced aspects of her position (fighting being the best example), but the slower-paced parts (such as diplomacy and spiritual mediation) don't hold her interest for very long and she ends up getting herself into far more trouble than she can handle at times.
13th Sep '17 3:40:26 PM trentongm
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* When measured for their [[UsefulNotes/BigFivePersonalityTraits Big Five Traits]], artists and entrepreneurs tend to have high Openness (a trait associated with intelligence) but often have low or moderate levels of Conscientiousness (hard work and organization).
11th Sep '17 9:20:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[MarySue Ebony Dark'ness]] [[OverlyLongName Dementia]] [[EmoKid Raven Way]] of ''MyImmortal.'' Supposedly the only one who can defeat Voldemort (and easily out-matches him in Chapter 9), but would rather shop at Hot Topic and have sex with anything that moves instead.

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* [[MarySue Ebony Dark'ness]] [[OverlyLongName Dementia]] [[EmoKid Raven Way]] of ''MyImmortal.''Fanfic/MyImmortal.'' Supposedly the only one who can defeat Voldemort (and easily out-matches him in Chapter 9), but would rather shop at Hot Topic and have sex with anything that moves instead.
4th Sep '17 8:02:24 PM Peteman
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* Karma Akabane from ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' is solidly in this trope, getting 4th place in the school on midterms when the odds were stacked against his class due to additional last minute questions they hadn't been told to study for out of sheer smarts...and also being a lazy jokester. He's in class 3-E for his bully hunting and delinquent ways, not his grades. However, the trope is ''brutally'' deconstructed with the term finals, where Karma doesn't study at all and drops to 13th place. True, 13th in the entire school without studying when the exams are designed to be insanely difficult is no mean feat, but the pain comes from Karma knowing (and knowing everyone else also knows) that ''he can do better''. In the final test of the series, he gets a perfect score, having studied in order to beat his rival who is both brilliant and a hard worker.

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* Karma Akabane from ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' is solidly in this trope, getting 4th place in the school on midterms when the odds were stacked against his class due to additional last minute questions they hadn't been told to study for out of sheer smarts...and also being a lazy jokester. He's in class 3-E for his bully hunting and delinquent ways, not his grades. However, the trope is ''brutally'' deconstructed with the term finals, where Karma doesn't study at all and drops to 13th place. True, 13th in the entire school without studying when the exams are designed to be insanely difficult is no mean feat, but the pain comes from Karma knowing (and knowing everyone else also knows) that ''he can do better''. In the final test of the series, he gets a perfect score, having studied in order to beat his rival who is both brilliant and a hard worker.
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